Kentucky and Indiana Team Up for Cooperative Inspection of Ohio River Bridges in Area
Madisonville, KY - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Department of Highways and the Indiana Department of Transportation will conduct routine cooperative safety inspections of several Ohio River Bridges the week of September 19-23, 2005.
According to Kentucky Department of Highways District Two Engineering Technician Denny Larkin, the inspections will require some lane restrictions to allow inspectors access to the bridges.
“We’re scheduling these inspections to avoid early morning and late afternoon drive-time periods of heavy travel. We will also have extra people in place to help move the inspections along as quickly as possible. Our goal is complete the routine inspections efficiently with the least amount of disruption to the traveling public,” Larkin said.
Larkin noted that having bridge inspectors on site from both Kentucky and Indiana allows engineers to compare notes and get different perspectives on the condition of the bridge and the inspection process.
“Sometimes their inspectors and our inspectors will have a different way of looking at things. Doing these walk-through inspections together is always good for us and them because we are able to compare what we’re doing with how they approach things. I think we all benefit from the interaction,” Larkin said.
Kentucky and Indiana highway engineers will begin a joint inspection of the U.S. 231 William H. Natcher Bridge over the Ohio River between Owensboro and Tell City at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 20th. The inspection will require the northbound driving lane to be blocked off by traffic cones through the morning hours. The inspections should be completed by about Noon. The Natcher Bridge carries about 6600 vehicles a day.
Kentucky and Indiana highway engineers will begin a joint inspection of the KY 2155/IN 161 Grover Cary Bridge at Owensboro at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 20th. This will require traffic to be restricted to one lane for a short distance as inspectors move across the bridge. Flaggers will set up a rolling lane closure on the bridge to assist with traffic flow as inspectors make their way across the structure. The inspection is expected to take about two hours. The Grover Cary Bridge carries about 8000 vehicles a day across the Ohio River.
Kentucky and Indiana highway engineers will begin a cooperative inspection of the U.S. 41 Twin Bridges over the Ohio River between Henderson and Evansville starting at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 21st. There will be a moving lane closure as inspection team works their way across the bridge. The lane closure will start in the southbound driving lane, and then move to the northbound driving lane. The inspection is expected to be completed by noon. The U.S. 41 Bi-State Viet Nam Veterans War Memorial Bridges carry about 37,000 vehicles a day across the Ohio River.
On Friday, September 23rd, Engineers will begin a joint inspection of the KY 69/IN 237 Bob Cummings Lincoln Trail Bridge over the Ohio River at Hawesville. The inspection will begin at 9:30 a.m. starting with the southbound lane and then move to the northbound lane. Flaggers will provide moving traffic control as the inspectors work their way across the bridge. The inspection is expected to take less than two hours. The Bob Cummings Bridge carries about 7900 vehicles a day across the Ohio River between Hawesville and Cannelton.
These inspections come during the same week as Kentucky bridge engineers conduct a routine detailed inspection of the U.S. 60 Spottsville Bridge over the Green River. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Department of Highways will reduce traffic to one lane on the Spottsville Bridge September 20, 21, and 22, 2005. Several inspectors will participate to help speed the process and minimize disruptions to traffic flow. The lane restrictions will run from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each of the days to avoid delaying morning and afternoon drive-time commuter traffic. The U.S. 60 Bridge at Spottsville carries approximately 4100 vehicles a day across the Green River at mile point 19.3 in Henderson County between Henderson and Owensboro.
“Inspections are important to assure that all of these bridges remain safe for travel,” Larkin said. “They help us keep track of the need for deck surface patching and monitor the potential need for other repairs.”
Kentucky Chief District Engineer Ted Merryman noted that Kentucky, Indiana, and other border states have cooperative agreements on the construction and maintenance of Ohio River bridges.
“In some cases, one state handles construction and the other state handles primary inspections and maintenance. From time to time the states team up to conduct a cooperative inspection of the bridge structures like this series of joint inspections,” Merryman said.
During the inspections motorists are advised to use caution and be alert for equipment, flaggers and other workers in and along the roadway in the work zone.